Post # 1
SOOO – I currently have Mirena, the IUD that lasts 5 years. FI and I are getting married in May. and my IUD’s time is up in November. so this means that in November I can either choose another type of BC or be on nothing. Now, FI and I DEFF do not want a baby right now. But we also dont think we will want to wait 5 years.
I was giving consideration to using nothing bc I am indeed a big believer in things that happen for a reason and when we are ready, god will give us a baby. However — if we WERE to get pregnant, say a month later I would proabably not be so happy.
So the question is — what type of BC to use?? I dont want to go on the pill because I hear WAYYY too many horror stories with it.
What would you do?? Be newlyweds for a few months and then do No birth control?? Or go on something else?
Post # 3
As far as I know (which might not be much), the IUD lasts 5 years like you said… but you can always get it removed before the 5 years. So if you decide in 2 years you want to get pregnant, you can get it removed.
Post # 4
I’m on Nuva Ring, only because my body seems to spit out IUDs. I much prefer the IUDs. I had a terrible experience on the pill, but that’s just my experience.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I’ve been on the pill for nearly a decade… no complaints here.
I do believe IUDs like Mirena can be removed if you decide to have children, so keep that in mind.
Post # 6
i wear the implanon it goes in your arm under the skin and lasts for 3 years, ive had it for 6 months so far so good
Post # 7
I’m pretty sure you can get an IUD removed if say, 2-3 years from now you decided it was baby-makin’ time. In my opinion, if you find a method of birth control that you like and it agrees with you, stick with it! Switching to new ones can be a major pain 🙁
edit: my personal experience… been on the pill for years now and it’s been great. I managed to find one which agrees with my body AND is only $9/month (bonus!) I don’t mind taking it each day. After we’re married, I’ll likely stay on the pill until we decide it’s time to have kids, and then we’ll see after that, I suppose!
Post # 8
You don’t have to keep an IUD for 5 years if you want to have kids. I had one for 5 years and am now on the pill. I loved the IUD but it just wasn’t working as well for my migraines as I’d hoped. My hormones still went up and down once a month and gave me terrible headaches. The 3-month type pills help me with that.
I should say I’m not married yet (May) but I plan to stay on the pill when we do (since we aren’t even ‘using’ it now). It will be less than 5 years before we want kids, too, so I’ll just quit taking it.
Post # 9
Mirena here. I have had it for almost a year and will take it out if/when we are ready to try. No sex yet, but I wanted to make sure it agreed with me well before the wedding. I’m happy with it, no periods at all… WOOHOO! That being said, I’m super nervous of getting pregnant and will probably use another form of birth control as well!!!
Post # 10
Thank you ladies. 🙂 Just looking for insight and what other people do. 🙂
Obviously I am going to talk to my Gyno also.
Post # 11
I’ve been on the pill for 8 years and am still 3-4 years out from thinking about starting a family and have never had a problem. I’ve never had a scare and have had wonderful side effects– I almost never get a period (I am on continuous birth control), when I do it lasts 3 days with no PMS or cramping, fewer pimples, and bigger boobs.
I am not going to lie, the pill has saved my life. I used to stay home from high school for 3-4 days a month with horrible cramps that made me vomit and migranes. In talking to several OBGYNs and PCPs it is one of the safest things you can put in your body. No other medication is as well studied.
Post # 12
I voted other. I was single until my mid 40s — and never needed any type of birth control, because my faith and belief system did not support the idea of having sex outside of marrige; however, my doctor had me on birth control pills for medical reasons for 14 years in an effort to suppress the formation of ovarian cysts. I finally had to quit taking them, because they actually were causing another complication.
By the time I met DH and we were married, I was hoping to have a baby as soon as possible, so I still didn’t need to use any type of birth control.
Post # 13
I’m on the ring and I love it; it’s easy, I can’t feel it and it hasn’t affected my moods/weight like other pills I’ve taken. But each bc method is different for each woman so you may have to do some trial and error.
Post # 14
I have the Implanon implant. It lasts for 3 years but can be taken out sooner. I love it!
Post # 15
I use the pill and love it! I’m on one of the lowest dose pills you can take, and it’s wonderful. I just don’t like having to remember to take it with me wherever I go, but it’s not that big of a deal.
Post # 16
I have put a LOT of thought into this because I’ve been on the pill for 11 years and I’ve been pretty unhappy with hormonal birth control but too scared to go off it. After much searching I think I’ve found the answer. I talked to my doc and she affirmed it is legit (kinda sounded too good to be true to me, other than the price). I’ll be using this starting in July:
Basically it is computer device-assisted natural family planning. Benefits of NFP without the human error. It is supposed to be over 99% effective. But, I will say that my husband and I had a long talk about this and acknowledged that by going with a different option for BC we had to be okay with the possibility of an “oops”